Category: Mandy Aftel

Aftelier Perfumes Parfum Privé

  Perfumer Mandy Aftel. The vocabulary of luxury emphasizes its value as an indicator over its significance as an experience. Handbags, wristwatches, cars and the like. Lavishness as social weaponry. This dogmatic perspective on luxury is nothing new. In fact, I only bring it up because Aftel’s ambergris-based Parfum Privé brings the focus of luxury back to experience, to pleasure.…

Aftelier Perfumes Vanilla Smoke (edp), 2015

  ‘Vanilla’ is a crossover note found in both natural and mainstream perfumery. But notes aren’t necessarily materials. ‘Vanilla’ notes in contemporary dessert-style gourmands and orientals likely have as much actual vanilla in them as the ‘vanilla snow’ flavor at my local frozen yogurt joint does. Synthetic vanilla materials have been around since the days of early modern perfumery when…

Aftelier Perfumes Cuir de Gardenia, 2013

(Image, Eisklotz) I’ve recently had the opportunity to correspond with perfumer Mandy Aftel and she’s agreed to help me learn about the world of natural perfumery by trying her perfumes.  We’ve decided to start the discussion with a single perfume.  I left it to her discretion where to begin and she chose Cuir de Gardenia eau de parfum. ** Traditional floral-leather…